The clearly understandable form of Architec was devised with a focus on semi-public and public areas of application. Many private bathrooms have also been equipped with the timeless washbasins.
A winning feature is the generous inner volume along with the storage areas at the sides that enable freedom to move and are easy to clean at the same time.
With their logical structure, the Architec washbasin models enable flexibility in planning: as well as the washbasin with a width of 57.5 cm, space-saving alternatives are available in the form of a 36 cm-wide corner washbasin and a handrinse basin.
The diagonal washbasins with the basin on the left or right are unique and come into their own in long, narrow floor plans. The integrated, grooved ceramic shelf adds an interesting, creative touch.
The Architec range has been developed further and expanded over the years. Today, 25 years on, it comprises 35 elements from washbasins through to toilets, with interesting enhancement options that are well-suited to the needs of semi-public and public areas as well as private bathrooms. These include for instance a range of console-type and built-in washbasins as well as solutions for the medical field or barrier-free applications in accordance with the exemplary DIN standards.
In his work, Frank Huster always considers day-to-day use, which is apparent from a range of product details such as the extremely easy-to-clean ceramic outlet sieve on the washbasin for increased hygiene in medical applications, a pre-punched opening for soap dispensers in the tap platform or the integrated, glazed grip on the Vital washbasin that makes it easier for wheelchair users to pull themselves up to the washbasin with just one hand. Additionally, Duravit also offers the entire Architec range with the WonderGliss surface finish for ease of cleaning.
Over the last 25 years, the ceramic range has received a whole host of awards for its successful design and today still excites many architects and planners who choose Architec products for construction projects around the world: These include, for instance, the “Reflections at Keppel Bay” residential complex in Singapore or the Harpa Concert Hall in Iceland.
4 questions to Frank Huster:
To what does the Architec range owe its longevity?
First of all, it’s Architec's functionality, which works really well down to the very last detail. The restrained style also plays a central role for a consumer good that will be in use for a long time. Added to this is the pleasant feel and quality of the white ceramic itself. And last but not least, acceptance by planners and consumers also determines how long the product’s lifespan will be.
Talking about sustainability – to what extent does durable design contribute to the conservation of resources?
I’ve long been an advocate of less but better stuff.
In a society where ecological issues and questions around sustainable development are increasingly gaining traction, Architec is a wonderful example of restrained, durable design.
At the same time, material properties and quality are important factors. The basic mass from which the ceramic is made consists of natural raw materials, the hygienic, smooth surface is resistant to wear and abrasion as well as easy to care for, which makes it ideal for the high demands in public and semi-public areas.
What was your inspiration when you started designing the Architec series?
At that time there were no compact washbasins around where you could comfortably wash your hands. I was also unhappy about the desolate state of public and semi-public sanitary facilities. We then worked with Duravit to develop the Architec family, and decided that as well as being used in public areas, the products should also be suitable for the private bathroom.
In your opinion, have the requirements for bathroom fittings changed in the last 25 years?
There is certainly a much greater focus on the bathroom today and it has become a center of personal hygiene and body control. It’s larger and better equipped and can be individually designed thanks to a comprehensive offering of products, surfaces and lighting elements at a reasonable cost.
Bathrooms are generally more comfortable and can therefore also be used in an age-appropriate manner. I also include shower-toilets in this. Very real developments in our society require us to face up to the central functions of living as we age. These are all thoroughly positive developments.
In the context of declining household sizes and increasing property and rental prices in cities, however, we still lack concepts for well-designed, smaller bathrooms that are comfortable to use.
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